Peek Pronto review: Peek Pronto

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.3
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Performance: 8.0
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The Good The Peek Pronto has a very spacious QWERTY keyboard with soft and tactile keys. It has a really easy user interface, a jog dial, and is slim. It also now offers text messaging, Word and PDF support, and search. The device is affordable and the monthly service plan is cheaper than before.

The Bad We would've liked to see instant-messaging support, and separate folders for the text messages would've been nice.

The Bottom Line The Peek Pronto's lower price and addition of text messaging makes this a great affordable alternative for messaging addicts.

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Last year when we reviewed the Peek, we ragged on it for being an e-mail-only handheld. It just did not seem worth it to us to pay $100 for the device and still have to fork out $20 a month for only e-mail. Still, we liked the design, and its simplicity and ease of use were all huge positives. We also understand the desire for a simple e-mail device for those who don't want complicated smartphones. We just wanted a little something more for the money.


The Peek Pronto looks exactly like the original Peek.

Thankfully, Peek appears to have answered our concerns with the Peek Pronto. Not only are the device and subscription cheaper, but also the second version of the Peek now offers way more features. You get up to five e-mail accounts, support for Microsoft Exchange, the capability to send and receive text messages, PDF and Word document support, and search across the device. The hardware is pretty much unchanged, so don't be surprised if a lot of this review seems like deja vu. The Peek Pronto is available now for $79 for the device and $16.67 a month if you go for the quarterly plan. There is no contract required.

The Peek Pronto looks exactly like the original Peek. It is wide, thin, and flat, with a black rubberized front and a silver metal back. It measures 4.02 inches long by 2.7 inches wide by 0.42 inch thick, and is very lightweight at only 3.84 ounces. It is much lighter than a BlackBerry, though it does look a bit like a business calculator.

On its front is a 2.5-inch diagonal QVGA display just like before. It's large enough to show at least eight messages in a list. Along the top of the display are icons that show signal strength, battery life, date and time information, and a circle animation that rotates when it's processing an action. You can adjust the backlight time, the color theme, and the font size. The text is very clear and legible.


The Peek Pronto has a great keyboard.

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Peek Pronto

Part Number: CNETPEEKPRONTO Released: Mar 25, 2009
Low Price: $12.00 See all prices

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  • Release date Mar 25, 2009